UPDATED 7:45 AM PT – Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) is standing by his recent calls for Republicans to confirm President Trump’s next nominee to the Supreme Court before the November election.
In an interview Monday, the senator said the law mandates that the President nominate a new justice for the Senate to confirm whenever a new vacancy appears on the Supreme Court.
In the past, Graham was criticized for opposing judicial nominations during an election year. He confirmed that back in 2016 he was opposed to nominating new justices in the election year. However, the senator said that precedent no longer applies after the Democrats attempted to derail Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation back in 2018.
Chairman @LindseyGrahamSC to Committee Democrats: “After the Treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I Now Have a Different View of the Judicial-Confirmation Process” https://t.co/qzXgSbgW8S pic.twitter.com/IWAclmrQED
— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) September 21, 2020
Graham noted Democrats have one set of rules for Democrat nominees and a different one for the Republicans. The senator went on say this Democrat double-standard allows Republicans to break from earlier precedent and appoint a new justice this year.
“I will be leading the charge to make sure that President Trump’s nominee has a hearing, goes to the floor of the United States Senate for a vote, because that is my job,” he stated. “And I believe I’m doing what the people of South Carolina want me to do in this regard.”
As chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Graham is projected to be in charge of leading the confirmation hearings for whoever is nominated.